It seems there's some kind of clearance going on with the current Balance (at €240 where I live) and others have similar reports if you look around the forum. Either the Props are exiting the hardware business or there's a new Balance around the corner. I'm guessing/hoping it's the latter.
You also get a free Reason 7 upgrade if you get Balance right now (https://www.propellerheads.se/produc.../free-upgrade/
). I'm going back and forth on whether to just get it now, enjoy the low price and the included R7 upgrade, or wait for a possible Balance 2 with midi i/o (fed up with "another USB thing to add" and want an all-in-one solution). Ideally, I'd like 4 audio inputs as well. The current price is hard to beat, though. I'm pondering getting Balance v1 + iConnectMIDI 2+ or 4+ (http://www.iconnectivity.com/Products